The great escape: Inky the octopus legs it to freedom from aquarium

An octopus has made a brazen escape from the national aquarium in New Zealand by breaking out of its tank, slithering down a 50-metre drainpipe and disappearing into the sea.

In scenes reminiscent of Finding Nemo, Inky – a common New Zealand octopus – made his dash for freedom after the lid of his tank was accidentally left slightly ajar.

Staff believe that in the middle of the night, while the aquarium was deserted, Inky clambered to the top of his glass enclosure, down the side of the tank and travelled across the floor of the aquarium.

Rob Yarrell, national manager of the National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier, said: “Octopuses are famous escape artists.

“But Inky really tested the waters here. I don’t think he was unhappy with us, or lonely, as octopus are solitary creatures. But he is such a curious boy. He would want to know what’s happening on the outside. That’s just his personality.”

Click on the link below to view the video and read the complete article on The Guardian newspaper website.

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Puppy Bowl today

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Puppy Bowl XII is on the Animal Planet is on today.

Puppy Bowl XII features the same obnoxious, vapid, self-centered reporters viewable on the other big sports event today. While the other big sports event has a ton of commercials and enough background on each player, groundskeeper, driver, groundskeeper, concessionaire, security person, sanitation engineer, janitorial worker and relative up the yingyang, the Puppy Bowl XII stars cute, cuddly, playful, adorable puppies!!!

Bored with a Bowl? Tune in to some real-time happiness with Puppy Bowl XII on the Animal Planet station.

Background and other stuff about Puppy Bowl on the Animal Planet web site… http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/puppy-bowl/

Orangutan finds magic trick hilarious – video

An orangutan at Barcelona zoo watches a member of the public perform a magic trick. The man shows the ape that he is placing something into a cup, and after a nifty sleight of hand, he then reveals the cup has nothing in it. The orangutan takes a moment to realise that magic has taken place and guffaws with delight.

 

Giant lizard gives Australian man a fright – then a photo op

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A 1.5m long goanna gave a man a fright when it scaled the outside of his home. Eric Holland had been working in his shed in Thurgoona, New South Wales, when he saw the unexpected visitor darting across his property.

Holland, who managed to snap a picture of the goanna, said: “I saw movement as I came out of the shed and I had a look and thought, bloody hell what is this thing? When I recovered from the shock I went inside and got a camera.”

Goannas are often found in eastern Australia but generally live in the bush. They are typically wary of humans but are considered potentially dangerous on account of their bite. This one, thought to be a lace monitor goanna, hasn’t been spotted since it scampered away. A spokesman for the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage said the lace monitor could grow up to two metres in length and weigh up to 20kg.

Lizards on a wall or not, Australia is still a continent/country I want to visit.

Best of National Geographic – 2014

Power Point presentation of the Best of National Geographic 2014, from a forwarded/forwarded email I received.

Click on link below to start your Power Point program (or similar program able to read/play Power Point slides) and enjoy the pictures and the music.

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Our complicated relationship with cats

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The Guardian newspaper published an article titled “Our complicated relationship with cats” which reported: ” A study in 2010 asked 4,500 people to self-identify as either a dog person, cat person, both or neither, and looked at five personality traits using a self-report questionnaire. People who identified themselves as cat people showed significantly higher scores for neuroticism and openness than dog people, and significantly lower scores for extroversion, agreeableness and conscientiousness. In other words, we (I’m a cat person) tend to stress more, be more open to a variety of experiences, but show poorer self-discipline, cooperativeness and assertiveness.

And according to another survey from 2010, people who are more highly educated were 1.4 times more likely to own a cat than a dog. This doesn’t mean that cat people are smarter than dog people, more that there’s a link between higher education and longer work hours. Cats are less time-consuming than dogs, and so people who work longer hours will be more likely to choose cats as pets to fit in with their work life.”

But a 2007 study by Claudia Edwards and colleagues in the Journal of Veterinary Behaviour looked at attachment in cats, and found behaviour consistent with that which you would see in young children.

Attachment theory was developed in the late 1950s as way of characterising affectionate bonds between two individuals, one of which is usually a caregiver. The creation of such a bond between a parent and child, for instance, makes it more likely that the child’s basic needs are met, and the child tends to relax around the caregiver. On the other hand, if the child is placed in the company of a stranger, they might become more anxious, upset with their caregiver, or distressed in some way. Similarly, Edwards’ study found that when cats were in the company of their owners, they tended to show more relaxed attachment behaviours such as wandering around, exploring and playing in their environment. When they were placed with a stranger instead, the cats meowed less, and spent more time waiting by the door.

So maybe cats aren’t as aloof as we first thought.

Read the full article in The Guardian newspaper here.

Buy This Book. Make Me A Millionaire

Buy This Book Make Me A Millionaire is the perfect gift for someone who has everything, and for those who want absolutely nothing.

Although the cover indicates there is nothing worthwhile inside this ebook there are some readers who will purchase this ebook and feel it is the best darn money they ever spent. I know I will.

What’s inside the book? 23 pages of “Nothing Here But My Thanks”, and now and then an image of a kiss or something similar, images of an animal or animals, some pithy words under the pictures, and some other stuff.

I think the words under the pictures are pithy but you may think otherwise.

To be completely honest, for it is your money and not mine, (well, not mine until you buy this ebook and then a smidgeon of your money becomes mine, but that is beside the point) inside are pictures of dogs and other animals, which every advertiser will tell you is necessary for bonding the viewer to your product or service.

So let’s bond. You buy, I’ll accept your offer to bond and throw in some animal pictures plus some words you’ve probably never before seen beneath a picture.

Tell your friends and family to buy this ebook right now because when I become a millionaire from earning just pennies from each sale of this ebook I’m going to stop publishing it.

Why is that such a great benefit to you and your friends? When I stop publishing this ebook it will instantly become a collectors item, a golden goose for you and your friends to hand down from generation to generation. So don’t wait, start protecting the future happiness of your great grandchildren right now and buy this ebook.

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Available at Smashwords here for the unbelievably low price of US99 cents. Also on Amazon at this link andat Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, and other fine online retailers.

Purchase the PDF version of this ebook direct from author at this link.

BCSPCA warned of dog killer.

Updated April 4, 2012.

If you love animals or care about cruelty to animals then please consider joining supporting your local SPCA or other animal rights organization.

My heart almost stopped when my son told me that his mother, Liz Summerfield, had taken my dog Punzhu to the South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital to be killed. Liz had told the veterinary clinic that Punzhu had bitten a postman and she’d been ordered to have Punzhu put down. This turned out to be a lie.

I checked with the post office and found out that Punzhu was with Liz outside her mother’s house when the postman approached. According to the postman and the post office, the postman did not file a complaint nor did the post office order Liz to destroy Punzhu.

I was very upset that the South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital killed my dog without any written documentation from the Post Office. They killed my dog on the verbal advice of my now former wife, who simply lied to them.

Below is part of a letter, which was mailed to SPCA branches in the lower mainland, prepared by my lawyer after checking the facts.

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Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

1205 East 7th Vancouver, BC

V5T 1R1

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

About four years ago I adopted a dog from the Animal Control Pound in New Westminster.

In October of 1995, my ex-wife, Elizabeth Summerfield, separated from me and left the family home, taking my dog with her. I asked my ex-wife where the dog was but she refused to tell me. I learned at the end of November, 1995, that she had had the dog euthanized at South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital on November 16, 1995.

I hope that you will not consider Elizabeth Summerfield (who may revert to her maiden name of Elizabeth Gray) as a potential adopter of animals from the SPCA in future.

Yours truly,

Ted Summerfield

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Years ago I started making puzzles and called them Punzhu Puzzles after my dog, who died so very young and so needlessly. It is my hope the SPCA will remember the letter I mailed and not consider Liz Summerfield, aka Elizabeth Summerfield or Elizabeth Gray, as a potential adopter of animals in the future.

It was during our divorce Liz lied to the South Burnaby Veterinary Clinic in order to have my dog killed. Liz had my dog killed during the time she had refused several court orders to provide information on what she had done with the large sum of money she had removed from our joint bank accounts.

Fearing for the safety of my son, and what she might do to the other dogs and cats she had taken from our home, I immediately settled the divorce.

Liz works with children as an arts instructor at various lower mainland cities & towns, including Whister, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Richmond, Port Moody, Maple Ridge, Vancouver, Surrey, Langley, and other areas.

Liz teaches puppetry, lantern making, papier mache, masks, as well as instructing children in a variety of other arts related studies at festivals, public events, and community centers.

Parents should be aware of who is instructing their precious children.

There are other articles on Liz and our divorce on this site. Use the search box and search on divorce, or Liz.

Parks Canada video’s and stuff

Parks Canada has a wonderful collection of stories, pictures, video’s, and information for all ages.

Their main web site page is here. (links open in new window or new tab.)

A great video of a year of Banff animal life is one of the many videos available. Blurb from Parks Canada: “12 months. Four seasons. One revolution of the sun. That’s how long Banff National Park’s remote wildlife camera project has been going and to celebrate, we’ve assembled a year’s worth of images from one single location into a short Wild Images video timelapse.

Have a look – you’ll be amazed by how much goes on. And it all happened a short two-and-a-half-hour stroll from the hustle and bustle of downtown Banff!  It goes to show how alive the woods are and, if you get into them, what you might be lucky enough to see!”

The link to the Banff video is here.

Christmas Tree for Santa & Icky Foods; 2 new ebooks for children.

I’ve published two new ebooks for children. Both contain color pictures as well as large black and white pictures, which can be printed out for children to color, at the end of the ebook.

You may view a free sample of any of my ebooks by visiting Smashwords. (Link opens in new window)

A Christmas Tree For Santa is another of my color picture ebooks for children. This story is about Forest Ranger ‘Ranger Rick’, who decides to take a Christmas tree to Santa because there are no trees at the North Pole. On the way, Ranger Rick runs into a thieving moose, a friendly polar bear, a vacationing penguin, Santa’s helpers, and Santa. This colorful picture book for children 2-7 also has large, black and white pictures in the Appendix for printing & coloring. This story is an adaptation of a puppet show I wrote many years ago.

You may download a free sample of “A Christmas Tree For Santa”, or purchase it for $0.99, from Smashwords here.

Icky Foods Make Me Sick

“Icky Foods Make Me Sick”is a colorful, picture coloring book is about a very young girl named Susie Snorz, who is very fussy about what she eats. Susie, who can’t stand to see her baby brother enjoy anything, gets really mad one day because her baby brother is enjoying something she thought would be icky. She learns new things can be good. Appendix contains large black and white pictures for coloring. Suits 2-5 year old.

You may download a free sample of “Icky Foods Make Me Sick”, or purchase it for $0.99, from Smashwords here.

Is a woman who had an animal killed fit to teach?

What makes a good instructor? What makes a bad instructor? Is it attitude? Is it ability?

What do parents need to know about instructors their child or children meet?

Would a woman who lied to a veterinarian in order to have an animal killed be the kind of person you want teaching your child or children?

Liz Summerfield  is presenting a lantern workshop  at Place Des Arts in Coquitlam on November 21. Many years ago during our divorce she took my dog to the South Burnaby Veterinary Clinic and had him killed.

Date: 11/21/2010 – 11/21/2010
Time: 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Location: 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam, BC V3K 1G2

Light up the Square: A Lantern Affair by making your very own lantern with Liz Summerfield.

Katjie supports Liz Summerfield killing animals

Earlier this year I established a memorial on PETA for Punzhu, my adopted pet who was killed by my wife during our divorce. I visited the PETA site today and found the following message had been posted.
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Katjie
Thu, Aug 26, 2010
After reading the story about “Punzhu”, whom had bitten a mailperson “fifteen” years ago, I was shocked to hear you have “just” decided to donate $25.
It’s not very difficult as to why the post office/person never had to filed a complaint of the incident. “Liz Summerfield” had taken “full” responsibility for her pet actions, this is called a responsible pet owner!
Can you image how Liz, felt when she had taken her wonderful special pet/friend to be put down? Will let me tell you that it’s not an easy thing to do for any reasons! I’ve put down a few pets, (old age) and to let them go walk over the rainbow bridge is the friggin hardest thing in life is to let my best friends go.
BTW, thanks for telling me her first and surnames. My hats off to you “Liz Summerfield” for stepping up and being a responsible pet owner! I hope others will do the same!!!!
Sincerely
Barkfish katjie

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Barkfish katjie seems to share the same mental health issues as “Francis“; they both support killing innocent animals. Katjie also has some misunderstandings:

One, Punzhu was my dog, not Liz’s. I adopted him from the pound, looked after him, took him for walks and to the vet, paid all the bills, etc. etc.

Liz took him from the house the day she filed for divorce, wouldn’t let me see him or tell me where he was. Punzhu was not her “wonderful special pet/friend” as you put it.

I believe Liz viewed my dog as simply a pawn in our divorce. If anyone wants to read about some of the things that happened during my divorce you can read my fiction novel, based in parts upon my divorce, “Final Decree” here.

Two, I haven’t “just” decided to support animal groups fifteen years after my ex-wife killed my dog, for I have donated to the BCSPCA for many years before and after my ex killed Punzhu. I noticed you, katjie, didn’t contribute any money to my memorial to support PETA.

Three, Liz lied to the vets at South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital when she said the post office had ordered her to have my dog put down because Punzhu had bitten a postman.

Liz lied, katjie, and I don’t know how you or anyone can possibly support killing an animal based upon a lie. The post office never ordered Liz or anyone to have my dog Punzhu put down. Liz simply lied.

Four, katjie speaks of how Liz may have felt taking my dog to the vet and having Punzhu killed. Can you imagine how hard it would be for a son to tell his father that his father’s dog had been killed by his wife?

Can you imagine how hard is was for me to hear my son tell me that horror story? I’ve taken pets to vets to be put down because of old age and I know how that feels, believe me I know, and it doesn’t compare to the feelings I had as I heard my son tell me his mom killed my dog.

Taking a pet to be put down doesn’t come close to the pain of losing a pet through a purposeful act of your wife lying to vet in order to kill an innocent animal, possibly because the divorce was not going well in her favor at the time Punzhu was killed.

The pain of hearing my son struggle to tell me that my wife killed my dog exceeded any pain I have ever felt when I had to put one of my pets down because of old age.

If you want to read more about my divorce and the death of my dog Punzhu, read my fictional novel “Final Decree” which is based in part upon my divorce, and you may agree with the reviewer who wrote “A truly enlightening story of what “can” happen when the thief is your spouse…”